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Runaway Toyota Prius reached 90 mph - police
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Posted on 03/09/2010 8:02:35 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Runaway Toyota Prius reached 90 mph - police Tue Mar 9, 2010 3:46pm GMT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The driver of a 2008 Toyota Prius said his car uncontrollably accelerated to over 90 miles per hour on a San Diego County freeway before a California Highway Patrol officer helped him stop the car, police said.

The driver, 61-year-old James Sikes, was not injured in the Monday incident, which is another claim of unintended acceleration that has caused the greatest image crisis for Toyota Motor Corp in its history.

The incident occurred in the same county where an off-duty California Highway Patrol trooper and three family members were killed last August in an incident that brought the issue to national attention and led to the first major recall over unintended acceleration.

Sikes said he had received a recall notice to take his car into a Toyota dealership, but when he did, he was told that his car was not on recall lists, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The automaker has not recalled the 2008 Prius.

On Monday afternoon, Sikes overtook another car on Interstate 8 near San Diego, and then the Prius accelerated beyond his control, the highway patrol said.

For the next 20 minutes, Sikes sped 30 miles along the freeway, he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at uk.reuters.com ...


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1 posted on 03/09/2010 8:02:35 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Was he a UAW member by any chance?


2 posted on 03/09/2010 8:03:24 AM PST by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Doesn’t pass the smell test.


3 posted on 03/09/2010 8:03:49 AM PST by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Was it being driven by Al Gore’s son?


4 posted on 03/09/2010 8:03:53 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: Sub-Driver

Turning off the key doesn’t work?


5 posted on 03/09/2010 8:03:59 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sub-Driver

Must have been going downhill.


6 posted on 03/09/2010 8:04:10 AM PST by johniegrad
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To: Don Corleone

Wouldn’t that lock the steering wheel? I don’t know. I’ve never tried it.


7 posted on 03/09/2010 8:04:38 AM PST by LouAvul
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To: Don Corleone
Turning off the key doesn’t work?

The Prius doesn't use an actual key. It's all electronic.

8 posted on 03/09/2010 8:04:56 AM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: Sub-Driver

On the plus side, the car’s batteries are now charged for life.


9 posted on 03/09/2010 8:05:19 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Don Corleone
Turning off the key doesn’t work?

Locks the steering and kills the brakes.

10 posted on 03/09/2010 8:05:33 AM PST by Jim Noble (Hu's the communist?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Check and see if he wanted to get rid of the car, was behind on payments, etc.


11 posted on 03/09/2010 8:05:45 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Don Corleone
Turning off the key doesn’t work?

Or shifting into neutral?

12 posted on 03/09/2010 8:06:20 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: cweese

I agree, I think this is a hoax.

That said, I think it could help Toyota’s sales. A Prius can do 90 MPH? Who knew?


13 posted on 03/09/2010 8:06:33 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Sub-Driver

Reached 90mph, but how much carbon did it release into the atmosphere? What is the world coming to? This is hugh and series.


14 posted on 03/09/2010 8:07:32 AM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Sub-Driver

Rogue Toyotas. Coming to a movie theater near you.
Kind of like the SUV stories where they would just take off and crash in to trees and other cars with no regard for the driver. Given what’s going on, this story really looks like a plant. Like the GM pickup trucks that would explode on impact (with a little help of a pyro device).


15 posted on 03/09/2010 8:07:55 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Sub-Driver

I do not see how putting the car into neutral and turning the key off did not stop this car. I question if he even tried it.

Something stinks here, and not just this guy’s brakes...


16 posted on 03/09/2010 8:08:10 AM PST by Bean Counter (I keeps mah feathers numbered, for just such an emergency...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Conveniently runs away after the fact. Yeah right.


17 posted on 03/09/2010 8:08:24 AM PST by SouthTexas (Exterminate the rats!)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

Yup and next year year they will be the lead car at the Indy 500......


18 posted on 03/09/2010 8:09:00 AM PST by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: Sub-Driver
I didn't know a Prius could go that fast.
If my car was doing that, and the brakes didn't work, I'd turn off the engine
or put the transmission in neutral but I would NOT reach for the phone at 90 mph.
Something does not smell right.
19 posted on 03/09/2010 8:09:50 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BallyBill
Was he a UAW member by any chance?

My first thought too. Seriesly. Loon taking it upon himself to enhance the media attention. I wouldn't be a bit surprised.
20 posted on 03/09/2010 8:10:06 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: Sub-Driver

Why can’t you just slam these runaway cars into neutral?

SnakeDoc


21 posted on 03/09/2010 8:11:09 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (The night is darkest just before the dawn, but [...] the dawn is coming. -- Harvey Dent)
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To: Sub-Driver

22 posted on 03/09/2010 8:12:03 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: BallyBill

“Was he a UAW member by any chance?”

This was my exact thought. This whole Toyota think stinks to high heaven and I do not like Toyotas or Lexuses and many of their drivers (often libs). Subaru’s are even more lib.

I drive a Ford/LM product myself. Japanese? I would take a Honda over Toyo any day but this is all BS.

If Toyota’s had this major problem - they would be crashing all over the USA and in foreign countries.


23 posted on 03/09/2010 8:13:16 AM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: cweese
Doesn’t pass the smell test.

That's his story and he's sticking to it. Nervy bastard, imho. He'll probably lawyer up and try to collect off Toyota as well. I hope the judge throws his sorry kister in the hoosegow for a nice long sociable stretch.

24 posted on 03/09/2010 8:13:31 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: johniegrad

Reminds me of the old joke about the “Rolls-Canardly”:
Rolls down one hill —’canardly’ get up the next.


25 posted on 03/09/2010 8:13:38 AM PST by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Sounds fishy... But... Why don’t people just put the car into neutral... Have automatic transmissions made us that dumb?


26 posted on 03/09/2010 8:13:39 AM PST by xenob
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To: N. Theknow; Bean Counter; SnakeDoctor

The Prius has an electronic transmission. From what I read about it last night, it seems the ‘gear selector’ simply tells the computer what you want. The computer then applies an electrical charge to the transmission to make it happen.

I had never heard of such a thing, but it seems plausible that on a Prius, the computer might decide you didn’t really want neutral, and not give it to you.


27 posted on 03/09/2010 8:14:48 AM PST by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I intitally thought that these people were just too dumb to turn off the engine, put the car in neutral or use the brake or e-brakes. Since then I have heard of this happening to a friend of a friend and he did all those things and they didnt work.


28 posted on 03/09/2010 8:14:57 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Sub-Driver

PUT. IT. IN. NEUTRAL. YOU. IDIOT.


29 posted on 03/09/2010 8:14:58 AM PST by 60Gunner (But there's this one particular harbor...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Fishy story. Never once did the driver nor the police attempt to put the car in neutral.


30 posted on 03/09/2010 8:15:50 AM PST by avacado
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To: xenob

The gear knob on a Prius isn’t attached to the transmission. It is simply an input to the computer. Freaky!


31 posted on 03/09/2010 8:15:58 AM PST by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

My guess this is a Rahm set up. the message to Toyota is - put UAW workers in your American plants or we will have one of these stories a week and then twice a week and so on.

Many Toyo owners are lib AH’s so they could harm their business fairly quickly. It is BS.


32 posted on 03/09/2010 8:16:36 AM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Sub-Driver

It save gas by killing the driver.


33 posted on 03/09/2010 8:17:08 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: Hacklehead
I intitally thought that these people were just too dumb to turn off the engine, put the car in neutral or use the brake or e-brakes. Since then I have heard of this happening to a friend of a friend and he did all those things and they didnt work.

Well that's some scary stuff then... If the brakes, gas, and transmission are that computer controlled then were is the mechanical override? That's some HAL 9000 stuff there...
34 posted on 03/09/2010 8:17:15 AM PST by xenob
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To: Sub-Driver

And not one of these people knows how to shift into neutral.


35 posted on 03/09/2010 8:17:38 AM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: Mr Rogers

“The Prius has an electronic transmission. From what I read about it last night, it seems the ‘gear selector’ simply tells the computer what you want. The computer then applies an electrical charge to the transmission to make it happen.”

Its not just the Prius but many Toyotas. Its fly by wire, where the gear shift isnt physically connected to the gearbox anymore. Same may apply to the brake and ignition. I think you are just pushing buttons that suddenly no longer respond.


36 posted on 03/09/2010 8:18:41 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s a Prius owner. He was really only going 30 but it felt like 90.


37 posted on 03/09/2010 8:18:58 AM PST by Juan Medén
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To: LouAvul

You should always be able to shift into neutral. I believe that modern ignition switches cannot lock the steering wheel with the car in drive or reverse. However, there is a switch position which kills the ignition but leaves the steering wheel free.

Step 1: Throw the car into neutral.
Step 2: Kill the ignition.
Step 3: Coast to the side of the road or other safe position.
Step 4: Shut down completely, remove key.


38 posted on 03/09/2010 8:19:06 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: 60Gunner
PUT. IT. IN. NEUTRAL. YOU. IDIOT.

ITS. FLY. BY. WIRE. FRIEND.

39 posted on 03/09/2010 8:19:19 AM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Christine
40 posted on 03/09/2010 8:19:30 AM PST by auboy (Men who cannot deceive others are very often successful at deceiving themselves. Samuel Johnson)
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To: xenob

There are many people who are too stupid to manage complex operations like driving a car.


41 posted on 03/09/2010 8:19:39 AM PST by gigster
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To: Sub-Driver

If you drive a Toyota, Pri(ap)us, or otherwise, and you’re speeding, then you see a HP cruiser in your rear view mirror with his blue lights going, just speed up and claim it won’t stop........................


42 posted on 03/09/2010 8:19:47 AM PST by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: Jim Noble

I don’t think turning off the key will lock the wheel on most modern autos, they lock when you remove the key.


43 posted on 03/09/2010 8:19:49 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Don Corleone

It has a push button starter.


44 posted on 03/09/2010 8:20:43 AM PST by Pelham
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To: Sub-Driver

What was the MPG at 90 MPH? The world needs to know.


45 posted on 03/09/2010 8:21:15 AM PST by FreePaul
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To: Darksheare
You can't as all Toyota's are controlled by HAL 9000!
46 posted on 03/09/2010 8:21:22 AM PST by Rational Thought
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To: Sub-Driver
This article has been posted so many times...

... that it now has it's own t-shirt ;o)

47 posted on 03/09/2010 8:21:23 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: BitWielder1
but I would NOT reach for the phone at 90 mph.

Let's see....

1)Get out of city traffic for more room, check

2)Get on the freeway and step on it to pass another car, mashing the pedel to the metal, cause that is what is needed to get that thing up to speed to "overtake"..check

Oh oh, now going 90 + mph, car feels kinds squirrelly, no need to panic however,, let's see, kill power to motor? Nope, shift to neutral? nope, apply brakes? nope......hm, what to do , what to do...

Oh, wait, this IS a toyota. (picks up phone), "Hello? uh,, I have a problem..."

48 posted on 03/09/2010 8:21:44 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a Momma Deuce)
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To: Sub-Driver

Have we learned nothing from movies?
49 posted on 03/09/2010 8:23:48 AM PST by xenob
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To: Frantzie
My guess this is a Rahm set up. the message to Toyota is - put UAW workers in your American plants or we will have one of these stories a week and then twice a week and so on.

I expect nothing less from the Anarcho-syndicalists in this white house.

50 posted on 03/09/2010 8:24:13 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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